Part 3 of UFO Invasion! Janome to the Rescue!

In today’s blog post I’ll share some of the special electronic/ computerized features of the fabulous new Janome Quilt Maker Pro 18 long-arm quilting machine.

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Part 1 of this series introduced the Janome Quilt Maker Pro 18 long-arm quilting machine and discussed the advantages which help you reduce those UFOs (unfinished quilts) by getting your quilts DONE quickly and easily, while having a lot of fun, too! Quilting should be FUN, shouldn’t it? This just in…..UFO invasion!? Gasp! Never fear, Janome to the rescue!

Part 2 focused on the anatomy of the frame and described how to load the layers of your quilt. You’ll never have to pre-baste again.   Part 2 of UFO invasion! Janome to the quilting rescue!

The Janome Quilt Maker Pro 18 long-arm quilting machine has the advantage of some pretty sophisticated computerized technology, yet offers the same ease of use as the rest of the Janome line. For convenience, there’s a touch screen on both the front and the back of the machine head so the same controls are available no matter what style of quilting you’re doing – free-motion quilting from the front side of the frame or following a paper pantograph with the included laser light on the back side of the frame.

The Janome Quilt Maker Pro 18 long-arm quilting machine offers a lot of flexibility in whatever quilting style and type you desire at the time. Many of us want the reassurance of consistent stitches, so yes, there is a stitch regulator built-in to the machine and can stitch an impressive 2200 stitches per minute.  Though the Janome Quilt Maker Pro 18 is compact, it really packs a punch.

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Through the Regulated mode you can increase or decrease your stitch length and can choose between two modes of stitching–Precision or Cruise. The Precision Mode means the needle will stop stitching as soon as you stop moving the machine head. Cruise Mode however, means the needle will continuously cycle up and down even when you stop moving the machine head. Think of it as idling your car. The motor is running, but you aren’t going anywhere.

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Why the difference? Again, each has a purpose to match YOUR quilting style. For example, I like using the Cruise Mode for when I’m going to do free-motion stars as an all-over pattern and I know I’m going to be taking off in all directions at high speeds (which is how I like to quilt ).  Because the Cruise Mode means my needle is always cycling up and down, it drops an extra little stitch in the corner before I take off in another direction so I never have to worry about my corners being rounded off. They are always sharp and precise.

Want more flexibility and control?  Then perhaps you’d rather stitch in the Manual mode, where YOU become the stitch regulator. A Simple touch of the screen is all it takes and you’re off and running / stitching.

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Manual mode means the motor is running at a consistent speed, but in true Janome fashion, with the simple touch of a button you can increase or decrease the speed based on whatever kind of quilting you want to do. You also have speed controls on the handles, too.

The wonderful thing about the Janome Quilt Maker Pro 18 is that it’s one machine, but it can be changed and adapted to accommodate any style/ type of quilting so you’ll never outgrow it.

The Tools tab contains another series of customizable options.

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The programmable Low Bobbin indicator can be set for different thread types/ weights and you can decide how much thread is left on the bobbin before the alarm sounds. Think it like the gas gauge light on your car. Some like to stop and fill-up as soon as the light goes off, while others drive on fumes before they truly have to pull over. You’re in the driver’s seat with the Janome Quilt Maker Pro 18, it’s your machine, so you can set the controls as you wish. You can even record the settings for three of your favourite, most-used threads which saves time and eliminates the guesswork so there’s more time spent on quilting.

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I love that there’s even a System Info tab which tells you how many stitches the machine has done, both by project (which you can reset) and by over-all lifetime of the machine. It’s like recording the Kilometres on your car. Janome thinks of everything!

Be sure to come back for Part 4 of this series on the Janome Quilt Maker Pro 18 quilting machine when I’ll talk more about the optional computer/ robotics program, The Quilt Maker Pro Stitcher now available. The Quilt Maker Pro Stitcher is yet another tool which helps you complete your quilts fast and easy with even more fun. UFO’s? What UFOs?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Janome Horizon Quilt Maker MC 15000 – Part 5

The use of the right tools at the right time is important when sewing.  Working with light fabrics all the way to the thickness of a layered quilt and more requires the correct needle plate choice.  The one step needle plate removal feature allows you to easily change the needle plate.  Simply press the release button to pop out the plate and snap in the newly selected plate. Watch this video. 

The Janome Horizon MC 15000 Quilt Maker accessory collection includes the new HP professional plate that aligns with the HP foot.  HP stands for HIGH PERFORMANCE. This industrial style foot and plate work together to get perfect accurate stitches.  This system also includes a sensor that will only sew the correct straight stitch when the needle plate is inserted.  It repositions the needle to the left to correspond with the HP foot and plate automatically.

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Sewing the width of the foot is very handy in all kinds of projects. You can easily sew straight lines or curved lines at any speed of stitching.  Because the HP foot is narrower, creating curves and sewing around things is much easier.  The sole of the foot has a longer footprint and is wider on the sides with four landmarks for increased accuracy.  The Janome engineers have thought of everything!!

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This Janome bulletin gives more detailed information.

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Visit your local Janome authorized dealer to view the new Janome Horizon MC15000 Quilt Maker.

 

Blog by Celine Ross translated and edited by Yvonne Menear.

 

 

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Make Something Simple Really Pop With Life

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This month, for my machine embroidery club, I digitized some flowers that reminded me of my recent vacation in Hawaii.  I purposely digitized them with very little detail.  I wanted to have the embroidery designs simply be a basic outline that could be embellished with fabric markers, paints, crystals, buttons, etc. after being stitched.

Not all embroidery designs are created equally.  Some designs lack in detail and precise shape.  They basically look more like a ‘blob’ than a finely tuned design.  Never fail, our Janome Embroidery machines can stitch the designs with little emphasis on the stitches and then use them as the outline shape to ‘color’ in.  How do we accomplish this?  Using 100 weight thread (matching the color of the background fabric)  in the machine will create a very light outline stitch of the pattern.  Even if it is not pretty, we need not be concerned because the stitches will not be the focus of the design.

Set up your favorite Janome machine ( mine is the Horizon MC 15000 Quiltmaker machine) and set it to the embroidery mode.  Call in your less than stellar design.  Use a smaller needle for the light weight thread.  REMEMBER, if you use your auto needle threader, you should not use a needle smaller than size 11.  If you want an even smaller needle, then you must hand thread the eye to avoid breaking your auto threader!!! Thread the machine with the 100 weight thread on the top.  I use just regular weight bobbin thread (60 – 80 weight), but you may choose to use the same thread in both the bobbin and top of the machine.

Stitch your design.  Because it is such light weight thread, it hardly shows. This is one of the designs I chose to use.  Definitely not pretty at all.

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After stitching, get creative with your embellishing tools.  Paints, buttons, crystals, etc will all add more definition to your embroidered designs.cropped painted image 2

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Christmas Project Idea

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Kim Jamieson-Hirst of Chatterbox Quilts is one of our Janome Canada artisans who enjoys creating with her Janome 500E embroidery machine.

Kim wanted to make a seasonal wall hanging and thought that one of her hand embroidery patterns, Snowflake Brrr!, would be the perfect design for this project.

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Kim knew that she could easily transform Snowflake Brrr! into machine embroidery with a little help from the Janome 500E.

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In a recent blogpost Kim explained how she used her Janome 500E to stitch out Snowflake Brrr! to create a wintery wall hanging called Snowflake Brrr! 2.0 to decorate her home.

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A step by step tutorial on how she did this can be found on Kim’s blog.

 

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Janome Horizon MC15000 Quilt Maker- Part 4

Not all people are quilters. We know this even though making a placemat is also quilting albeit a small project!  The Janome Horizon MC 15000 Quilt Maker helps me with quilting as it has all the built in features on the new machine that I might need to help me with quilting.

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Janome Tokyo engineers developed a quilting foot specifically designed to work with rulers/quilting templates.  This foot has a thick edge with a ‘V’ shaped opening for better visibility of where the need is stitching.  There are several different manufactures of quilting rulers.  Different shapes will produce different stitch patterns.

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Open your machine screen and select the sewing application (T-shirt icon) and then Quilting> Ruler Work.

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Now place your template on the fabric and follow the edge of the template with the QR foot.

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You might prefer to use your Janome walking foot for quilting rather than using a ruler/template?     >>>>>      Janome Canada has partnered with Melissa Marginet who recently published a book with loads of designs and how-to help for quilting with the walking foot.  This book was reviewed on janomelife here. Janome’s name for our superior walking foot is the AcuFeed Flex foot. janomelife

 

 

Visit your authorized Janome dealer for the new QR foot and the AcuFlex Feed foot for quilting of your choice.

 

Blog by Celine Ross translated and edited by Yvonne Menear.

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More quilts from Janome Canada Artisan Tania Denyer at I am Ginger quilts

We introduced you to Tania Denyer as a new Janome Canada Artisan a few months back in this post.  Tania attended Quilt Canada in June and participated  as a presenter on the Janome booth Pop up lectures. She showed some of her quilts and shared a bit more about how she thinks creatively and makes her quilts.

Tania also made us 2 quilts to use at Quilt Canada and in the Cross Canada Picnic Look Book . 

One of these quilts was the Selfie quilt which we used in the Selfie booth at Quilt Canada. People were invited to dress up with props like hats or masks or silly things …or not, and pose for a selfie with Tania’s quilt as a backdrop.  Here is a pic from the photo shoot for the Look book. Detailed instructions for making this quilt are available on our www.janomemaker.com website.

Another quilt Tania made for the Canada 150 celebrations was the Douglas Moose quilt – also featured in the Look book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tania specifically used the brand new box of  Tamara Kate Aurifil box of thread.  Her love of bright colours and her playful, whimsical approach to some of her quilts led to the Douglas Moose quilt and lots of great geometrical free motion play time in the blocks.

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Appliqued bunting and maple leaves as well as Douglas Moose. Lots of free motion pebbles …….and evidently a lot of fun in the creative process!

We sure do have LOTS of very talented quilters in Canada! Don’t you agree?

 

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Thread and Fabric

Sewing has always been about thread and fabrics.  Sometimes the joining of the two is for garment construction, home decor, or simply artistic expression.  The thread can be the show-stopper, or the fabric choice can be the main feature.  What was once done all by hand (labor intensive and time consuming) can now be done with our sewing machines.   Machines vary in their stitch capabilities.  Basic utility stitches, decorative stitches, or machine embroidery stitches can all be used in the creation of our special projects.  All machines produce wonderful results if you know how to use them effectively.

A machine I like best is my Janome MC 15000.  This machine combines sewing, quilting, and machine embroidery all in one.  No matter what I decide to make for a project, my machine can aid me in producing amazing results.  It is actually fun to use!  No long labor intensive moments or extremely time consuming process.

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The other thing that has changed over the years are the threads we use.  The choice of threads is staggering.  We decide the type, thickness, stitch quality, color and so much more for our designs based on our thread type.  Some threads are better suited for the bobbin and some are for the needle.  Mixing and matching what function we are using in our design process determines the thread type and the thread placement.

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Color speaks to me before anything else.  Pattern repeat also catches my eye.  I often mix sewing (piecing), free motion stitching (thread painting, quilting) and machine embroidery all in one project.  A quilt is the ideal place for me to experiment with the stitches built into my machine.  Even the most basic machine can accomplish a complex look with the right thread and fabric combination.

My advice to other sewing enthusiasts is to just spend some time playing.  Use your machine to experiment with threads and stitch options to create something that makes you say ‘Wow!”.   Small projects are ideal places to start.  Try playing with nothing more than a placemat or even a hot pad to start.  Once you gain confidence with your stitching you can progress to larger projects.

Don’t forget about the various feet that come with the machine.  Choosing the perfect foot for the project will ensure the best stitch quality.  Janome makes all kinds of feet for the machines to help us with our special projects.  Using Janome products in tandem with our Janome machines ensures the best stitch quality.

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Most of all –  Enjoy the process of creativity.  Relax and focus on the thread and fabrics.  Feel the textures and process the emotions you feel with the color choices.  The experience is unique to you.

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Happy Halloween From Janome!

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Make those special Halloween costumes and decorative elements using Janome products for the  perfect holiday celebration.

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This embroidered witch design is a built-in design in the Janome MBX 5 digitizing software.

We often find free embroidery designs on the internet and offered in embroidery magazines.  The Creative Machine Embroidery magazine recently offered a beautiful pumpkin in FSL ( free-standing lace). All the components of this pumpkin are embroidered on a soluble stabilizer then rinsed away to create a design.  Since you see the elements from the front and the back,  make sure you have a sufficient amount of orange thread for the top and bobbin thread.

Here is the direct link to download the reasons and instructions for making:

http://www.cmemag.com/articles/Freestanding-Lace-Pumpkin?bc=c

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Janome wishes you  a very Happy Halloween!!  Enjoy using your Janome products to produce the festive designs for your events.

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Blog written Celine Ross and translated and posted by Yvonne Menear.

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Janome Horizon Quilt Maker MC 15000 – part 3

Janome listens carefully to their customers.  YES, we do!   The customers requested a 1/4 inch foot without the guide/flange.  A new foot is provided with the Janome Horizon MC15000 Quilt Maker  upgrade kit and is a standard accessory with brand new Quilt maker models(with the rose pink strip under the screen and Quilt Maker on the front of the machine!)

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Sometimes the little black flange on the foot would cling to batting or into the thickness of fabrics.  It was also difficult to stitch around circular objects with the flange.  For that reason, the “O” foot is now being offered without the flange.

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The original “O” foot with the guide flange remains very practical when sewing thinner fabrics.  The guide allows you to easily sew a narrow seam of 1/4 inch (6mm).  Place the fabric edge against the guide flange and stitch along the edge.

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Visit your authorized Janome store for the newest upgrade to the Janome Horizon MC 15000 Quilt Maker.

This foot is currently ONLY available with the Janome Horizon MC15000 Quilt Maker  and in the upgrade kit for Janome MC15000 version 1 & 2 owners. But we are sure it will become available in the coming months as a separate item for use on other Janome sewing machine models. Keep watching this janomelife blog as we will tell you when it becomes available. In the meanwhile…….you can always purchase a new Janome Horizon MC15000 Quilt Maker!!

Post written by Celine Ross and translated and edited by Yvonne Menear

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CHARM SQUARE CHARM: COLOUR OF THE YEAR TOTE BAG

I know I am guilty as charged when I can sometimes be heard saying ” Not sure what I was thinking when I bought this?” In all fairness, I think I’m like a lot of us who find it hard to pass by a bargain when fabric (and other sewing related things) are on sale! So, several years ago, I must admit that I got a little too charmed by charm packs.

Not sure what these are? It is a pack of  the full line (usually) of a particular fabric cut into 5 inch squares. Sometimes there is just 1 square of each fabric in the line, sometimes 2 . I guess it depends on how many fabrics make up that line. But I doubt I have purchased charm packs with less than 30-40 squares.  Even if all you do is sew them all together to make a table runner, you will have a great project that is colour and design coordinated and will make a great gift for a friend or a decor item for your home.

This charming little tote (excuse the pun) was made in the shades of the green Pantone Colour of the Year (2017)  – well it is green – and was sewed exclusively on the Janome MC9400. 

Where did I get my inspiration/project idea? I had purchased a little pattern many years ago. However, when I pulled it out to do something with my charm pack squares, I discovered that all I had was the front cover pic and the supplies needed on the back page of the pattern. No instructions. Could well be I lost them somewhere along the way?  – this is entirely possible. Not saying it was sold to me as incomplete. I liked it then & still do…..Button Bag. But anywhere from here on in , it was “wing it central ” in my sewing room.  Truth be told, I love it like that as it gives free reign to creativity!

These are the techniques and feet/accessories used to make this little tote and matching zipper bag:

  1. The charm squares were sewed together on the Janome MC9400 using the Janome 1/4 inch foot O which comes standard with this model and with many of our other Janome models.
  2. Decorative stitch embellishment was done in the ditches between the charm squares using the Janome Ditch Quilting foot S for 9mm Janome machines. Part #202087003. This is the clip on metal ditch quilting foot. I could just as easily have used the Acufeed Flex Ditch Quilting foot Part# 202103006 but as I chose to use some fairly complex decorative stitches, I went with the first option. The Acufeed Flex feet are recommended for use with straight stitches on the machines due to the front & back motions of the Acufeed Feet flex foot. Some side to side decorative stitches don’t sew out well with this foot. But as we have so many options, this is just 100% fine. 
  3. These decorative stitches formed the quilting as well as the embellishment as the fabric had been backed with fusible low loft batting prior to stitching.
  4. The Janome Button Sewing foot T was used to attach the 8 orange buttons on the front & back of the tote. This was done after the decorative stitching.   
  5. The  tote handles were just long strips of green fabric with scrap strips of low loft batting encased in the folded fabric. Press a 1/4 inch over along one long strap raw edge. Lay the batting onto the wrong side of the strip, fold in the raw edge and then press the edge with the 1/4 inch turn under over this raw edge and press again. Pin if necessary but if you use fusible batting, pins probably won’t be needed. Finally stitch a decorative stitch the entire length of the strap to secure the folded edge in place. 
  6. The tote has a lining which has  a pocket sewed to the lining before attaching to the bag. The same decorative stitch as on the handles was sewed along the top edge of the inner pocket. This pocket is great for cell phone or keys – easily located in a hurry. Obviously more pockets with or without zippers may be added as desired.
  7. The tote and lining were constructed using the Acufeed Flex foot VD which is simply wonderful for achieving smooth even feeding of multiple layers of fabric and batting. The lining was added by sewing it first and creating box corners. Do leave a section of the lining side seam or bottom open to turn out. After creating similar box corners on the charm square tote, I popped the bag inside the lining with right sides together and then sewed the lining to the tote along the top edge of the tote, ensuring my handles were pinned correctly in place first.
  8. The bag was turned out through a hole in the side seam of the lining which was then sewed closed. And the lining was then popped back into the bag with right side of lining now showing on the inside of the bag. Press along the top edge.
  9. Top stitching was added to the top edge of the tote to have everything lay nice and flat as well as secure the handles with a double stitching in case I overfill my tote – which is entirely possible! Once again, the  Janome Acufeed Flex foot does a superb job of the top stitching.
  10. Lastly, I added a closure to the bag: zipper? magnetic clasp? button & loop? I sewed a button hole and button. It is a cute little bag which is currently being toted around on my arm.
  11. I might possibly use a stiffer batting or bag liner product so that the whole bag has a little more body to it.
  12. This project may obviously be made on many of our Janome sewing machines.
  13. The little matching zipper baggie was made with left over charm squares and is just perfect for keeping cosmetics, tissues, medication etc – all tidily stored in the bottom of the above tote.  It is an alternative to many pockets in the bag. And it is delightfully matchie-matchie! I actually had enough charm squares for 3 little baggies but the other 2 have been given away as gifts.
  14. Do use the opportunity to use up some of your scraps of ribbon or braid to further decorate the baggies. A great video tutorial for making this style of baggie may be found at Missouri Star Quilt Company. 

Are you inspired to use up some of your stash to make some colourful and practical totes and/or zipper baggies? We do hope so…… and please do tell us about what you make in the comment box below. We would love to hear from you. 

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